Abel confirms new K308m PNG-Sydney undersea cable project


The Government in its bid to improve communication and reduce costs will be building a new K308.6 million ($US100 million) international access cable from Sydney to Papua New Guinea.
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel made the announcement of this major project and said that World Bank would assist and there were also some private sector partners that wanted to fund it themselves.
“We will look at all the costs and progress the construction of the international gateway communication cable from Sydney to Port Moresby.”
Abel said the national broadband project with Huawei had started connecting the undersea cable and also linking the terrestrial fibre optic cable to establish a national broadband network.
“Some of that work is already progressing well and established in nine centres and the services are now available through the Telikom 4G network.”
Abel said they were also carrying out the fibre optic cable links where there were existing power lines and building the undersea cable linking the Hides cable into the Highlands and back into Madang on the coast and into New Guinea Islands and to Vanimo as well as an international gateway entry into Jayapura, Indonesia.
“So with that connection with the old, worn out cable that’s coming in from Sydney and the other one that’s going to Guam off Madang, we are going to build this international access cable from Sydney and get the cost of internet down.”